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Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificate

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Career Outlook and Growth

Careers in medical billing and coding, health information management, and healthcare administration provide a rewarding work environment and job security in a growing industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA):

  • Jobs are expected to increase by 8% or higher by the year 2029—much faster than the average for all other occupations.1

Bryan University can fast-track you to success, giving you the education, skills, and confidence to qualify for a great job in less than a year!

Employment Opportunities

Enjoy the flexibility to choose from a range of career paths, such as:

  • Certified Medical Biller and Coder – assign codes to patient records using ICD, CPT, and HCPCS codebooks for different diagnoses and medical procedures for in-patient and out-patient settings
  • Medical Records Technician – work to organize, monitor, update and maintain healthcare providers’ electronic medical records
  • Medical Secretary – patient intake, insurance verification, and medical record creation
  • Medical Office Assistant – responsible to help keep the healthcare organization running smoothly and efficiently by coordinating operations

Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Employers

With a degree from Bryan University, find opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Law Offices
  • College Health Departments
  • Military and VA Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Physician Offices
  • Health Product Vendors
  • Nursing Home Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Surgery Centers
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Work from home (with experience)

Program Overview

Your future job will demand career-specific skills, which is exactly what you’ll be working on throughout the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program of study. Guided by healthcare experts with real-world experience, Bryan University’s curriculum is built around what the industry needs.

Gain the Skills Employers Need

In our interactive, cutting-edge online classrooms, your courses will cover:

  • Medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, pathology, and pharmacology.
  • The United States healthcare system organization and delivery, including healthcare information systems.
  • Components of the healthcare record; how it is created, stored, and protected.
  • Translation of diagnoses, conditions, and procedures into medical codes using a variety of standard formats, including ICD, CPT, and HCPCS.
  • Ability to code electronic health records (EHR).
  • Healthcare insurance and reimbursement.

Benefits for You

As a Bryan student, you’ll receive these additional benefits:

  • Certification preparation for the  Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • The cost for one exam attempt is included in the program tuition, in addition to all books and courseware!

Real-World Experience

Bryan University’s Medical Billing and Coding program was developed based on current competencies outlined by AHIMA and students fully utilize the AHIMA Virtual Lab (Vlab). This lab gives you real-world experience with industry technologies and software applications that employers actually use in the workplace. Examples include:

  • EHR Go: learn from real-world patient cases while honing your skills in electronic health records technology.
  • 3M Coding & Reimbursement: gain practical experience using the world's most popular coding software.

Connect with an Online Community Like No Other

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community who will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Earn While You Learn: Dual Enrollment Available

You can enroll in the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate and Associate Degree in Health Information Management concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree. Once you complete your associate degree, you may also consider completing the Bryan University Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration. If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.

Footnotes

1Please visit www.onetonline.org (classification code 29-9021.00) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. Also see American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) on the internet at: http://www.ahima.org/careers/healthinfo. Sites visited on January 10, 2021.

2 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Details​

Objectives & Courses
Locations & Credits
Program Faculty
General Education Faculty
Admission Requirements
Affording College

Objectives

The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program prepares students to gain entry-level employment in the exciting and growing field of medical billing and coding. The program focuses on the skills related to coding medical conditions and procedures, and the subsequent use of these codes in billing and reimbursement. Students acquire the needed skills of a medical coder in a variety of healthcare environments, as well as ensuring the ongoing quality of medical records, in preparation for passing a chosen certified exam, such as the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Pathway options to higher credentialing exams, such as the CCS, is also offered. The program includes core curriculum in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, inpatient and outpatient coding, health information and delivery systems, reimbursement, law, compliance, and healthcare technologies. Hands-on, practical experience is the focus of the program, which utilizes the AHIMA Virtual Laboratory enabling students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern healthcare marketplace, and also includes a practicum program to gain actual workplace experience and networking opportunities. Following the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic literacy of medical anatomy and physiology, pathology, and pharmacology terminology.
  • Demonstrate computer skills for applications and healthcare information technologies and systems.
  • Describe the United States healthcare delivery system, its process of documentation, health data management and quality, reimbursement methodologies, healthcare privacy and confidentiality, and legal and ethical issues.
  • Demonstrate skills to translate diagnosis, conditions, services, and procedures into medical codes using a variety of standard formats, including ICD, CPT, and HCPCS.
  • Apply coding guidelines and regulations, including compliance and reimbursement, to handle issues such as medical necessity and claims denials.
  • Effectively communicate, query, and collaborate with healthcare stakeholders such as coders, billers, physicians, and other healthcare staff.
  • Work in a variety of medical environments.

Courses

UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.

BIO-100S—Medical Terminology—3.0 credits
This course will provide students with a foundation in medical terminology. Students will learn strategies for memorizing and recalling medical terms, and a broad array of medical terms common in the health care professions.

BIO-105S—Anatomy and Physiology—3.0 credits
A course covering the systems that comprise the human organism.

BIO-115S—Pathology and Disease Process & Pharmacology—3.0 credits
This course will cover the development and progression of disease within the systems of the human body. Students will also learn about the pharmaceuticals that interact with certain diseases and conditions.

HIM-100—Introduction to Health Information Technology—3.0 credits
This course provides the student an overview of the profession of health information management and its role in t he healthcare delivery system. Students are introduced to the major HIM department functions and department inter - relationships.

HIM-105—Understanding the Healthcare Record—3.0 credits
This course focuses on the acute care health record including accreditation, certification, and licensure content and documentation standards. Students review author responsibilities and the quantitative and qualitative record review processes.

HIM-110—ICD Diagnosis Coding and Application—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system. The student will learn how to use the ICD code book and will assign and sequence ICD codes for diagnoses in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting in selected areas and body systems.

HIM-120—ICD Procedure Coding—3.0 credits
This course is an introduction to coding using the ICD classification system as it relates to coding procedures. The student will assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures of selected body systems, in accordance with ICD coding conventions and the Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.

HIM-130—ICD Procedure Coding Applications—3.0 credits
This course is continuation of HIM-120. The student will apply what they learned in HIM-120, coding procedures using the ICD code book, ICD coding conventions and the "Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting," to assign and sequence ICD codes for procedures in selected areas and body systems.

HIM-140—Healthcare Insurance and Reimbursement—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an overview of US healthcare reimbursement systems, the roles and responsibilities of healthcare third-party payers, and the billing process, including concepts of revenue cycle management. Advanced coding concepts such as the use of codes in reimbursement systems, ethical and compliant coding, and additional vocabularies, terminologies, and classification systems will also be discussed. Utilization of coding tools such as groupers and computer-assisted coding will be included.

HIM-150—CPT and HCPCS Coding—3.0 credits
This course will introduce students to the CPT manual and coding structure. Students will assign CPT and HCPCS codes according to established guidelines and reporting requirements. R

HIM-200—Healthcare Law & Ethics and Application—3.0 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the laws and ethics covering the practice of health information management. This course also addresses the U.S. court system, the concepts of privacy and confidentiality, and the release of information procedures. Also, students will continue to gain industry experience by utilizing a virtual lab environment, applying program knowledge and competencies.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 36 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Marjorie Rosen
Marjorie Rosen

Program Director, Bryan University
Email: marjorie.rosen@bryanuniversity.edu

  • 20 years in Health Information Management leadership
  • M.B.A. in Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Healthcare)
  • B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology
  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Board of Director, Arizona Health Information Management Association
  • Past Board of Director, Missouri In-Home Services Alliance
  • AHIMA & IFHIMA member
Avalon Adams-Thames
Avalon Adams-Thames

Faculty, Bryan University
Email: avalon.adams-thames@bryanuniversity.edu

  • Over 15 years of experience in the field of Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health
  • B.S. in Health Science Education
Jasmine Agnew
Jasmine Agnew

Faculty, Bryan University
Email: jasmine.agnew@bryanuniversity.edu

  • 20 years of experience in health information management
  • H.I.I.M. in Health Informatics and Information Management
  • B.S. in Health Information Management
  • A.A.S. in Health Information Technology
  • RHIA Credentialed
  • AHIMA and AAHIM Member
  • Experienced in program and curriculum development
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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

DeWayne Demland

Instructor, Bryan University

MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. Business Administration, Arizona Christian College

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Students applying to healthcare programs must also identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn more, please visit our financial aid page.

For students who are veterans or active duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details.

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The Bryan U Difference​

Tuition Lock Guarantee​

We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus tuition goes down the longer you're in school.​

Job Search Assistance

We provide students job search assistance while in school and once they graduate.

Accelerated Programs

You can get started - and finish - fast.

Welcome Kits Included

Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

Faculty Who Put You First

Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

Electronic Books & Courseware Included

We provide easy access to all your electronic textbooks and courseware.

Focus on Employment

You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
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